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Del Mar for Wednesday 17 July 2013


Very unusual for yours truly to only have one race rated "average clarity" on a given card.

You know you are at Del Mar when the lowest priced top selection on our publication for today is 3 to 1.

Best of luck as always on one of the most exciting days of the year for Southern California racing!


race 1    slightly above average clarity

2  Husband's Folly   stepped up a notch in last and ran better than anyone in the field but was compromised by a very wide trip.....and 2nd place came back to win at a higher level Sunday........jock will be out to make amends

1  Casa De Cambio   improving sort ships in from Srp and ends up in the Miller barn......efforts fit here but unproven on the synthetic........average pedigree for it.........welcome back Rosario

7  Golden Mexico    another hoping to take to the AW in his 1st ever on it's man made surface......if he does handle it he is loose and loose with a successful light weight apprentice up......danger city

3  Titian


race 2    slightly above average clarity

6  Bipartisan   sure took to the grass in a big way in his 1st effort on it and the run on it is somewhat hidden by a wide trip and to0 early of a turn move........two very reassuring 5F works since.......stout here if Talamo gets it right this time

2  This One's For Mel   seems likely to be the lone speed in this affair and that is a scary proposition when Garret Gomez is aboard

4  Sorcher   new shooter for the Jeff Bonde barn from the east Coast fits as well as anyone in here if he is up to his A or B game fresh off of a 7 1/2 month hiatus from the track......Bejarano up hints he might be

5  Keep Movin'


race 3    slightly below average clarity

1  Anita Marie   consistently tries hard.........8 of 9 on the board finishes at GG but only 1 win as she tends to flatten late sprinting.....but today she is coming off back to back turf route races at GG which should build up her endurance for today's 6F affair

7  Say Say   handled the step up in class in last to make it 2 for 2 on AW surfaces.....steps up once again.......useful little 4F decent drill over the Del Mar surface hints she is still feeling good

4  Wink And Wish   fits fine here fig/effort wise but this LTO (lead type only) needs to shake free of others and that is not guaranteed

5  Bluegrass Ellie


race 4    average clarity

2  Huntsville   very solid if brings his "A game" and the work series for this laid up Abrams four year old is as a good a set of preparatory drills for the trainer in quite some time

4  Cyclometer   seemingly only one other speed horse to put away for Mike Smith and the #3 horse is ridden by a low % turf rider.....Smith is terrific in this situation taking charge and controlling the race

1  Ivanho    solid response with 1st time Gary Stevens aboard in latest........good post like last time and Stevens sure is getting aboard live runners

7  Gab Power


race 5    slightly below average clarity

2  Cause Ur My Babe   both bad trip lifetime starts fit quite well here if the connections get this two year old filly to smooth things out in her 3 lifetime start

10  Cal Gal   O'Neill 1ster is seemingly wound up and ready to roll but will need a clever ride from the outer-most 10 post (runners often veer right at the start)......gets top echelon rider in Bejarano to get it accomplished

4  Moving Desert   owns good early speed and gets a rider upgrade from a struggling rider to one of the best in the U S of A in Rosario

8  Betty Bing Bing

Long-shot possibilities:   3  Sky Forever   showed little in last her 2nd lifetime start......but......MSW debut is good and it is somewhat disguised by a poor trip-a-roo.....trouble if rebounds and gets the trip


race 6    slightly above average clarity

2  Gervinho   very strong grass efforts last year at two........layoff last was OK but seems likely to show more today.....2 for 2 with Beajarano when on Lasix

5  Undrafted   good post to help set up his stalking style.......2 for 2 on the sod winning his last by double digits which is quite rare on the grass

7  Tebows Big Play   definitely on the right end of the learning curve and now this young gelding gets a major league quarterback upgrade

3  Examen


race 7    slightly below average clarity

4  Diamond Blue   gelding has been awfully quick in the early stages in his three races with the blinkers "lights out" for his new conditioner.......2nd time around might be the charm for this Hollendorfer newcomer who seems likely to get loose

6  Royal Meridian    2 for 2 at Del Mar and the race that was run at 6F was exceptionally strong.....arguably his best ever.....trainer finished the Hollywood meet absolutely on fire.....does it continue at Del Mar?

1  Magic Beam   2 for 4 on the Dmr synthetic........1 for 21 on other surfaces.......trainer is quite prolific 1st out after a claim which is the case today

8  Legal Separation


race 8    slightly below average clarity

9  E K Ruler   short on figures that it usually takes to win this level but basically that is the theme for the whole significant improvement in riders today seems like a bigger plus than normal

7  Hope n' Pray   should be a great spot for a N Cal shipper of some merit.....and the trainer historically is quite good with shippers

3  Trial Spin   definitely on the right end of the learning curve and also gets a rider upgrade......cut back 1/2F also appears to be a plus

4  Bro's Bro

Long-shot possibilities:   6  Pulla Train  decent looking work tab for this Kruljac 1st starter........and as I said before one soft looking group


race 9    slightly above average clarity

2  Gabriel Charles   ultra impressive in lone grass effort winning convincingly in a race run last Nov.......trained stellar prior to that race and he is once again training quite stoutly

7  Joelito   2 for 2 on the grass at today's 1 mile distance and both mile races were with Talamo aboard as he is once again today.....and his other grass race (at 1 1/16th) isn't too shabby either

4  Den's Legacy   very consistent Baffert runner on any surface might be poised for his very best this afternoon running 2nd out after a layoff

9  Rosengold


race 10    below average clarity 

(NOTE:  13  Wildcat Candy   has as good a shot as any in here if he draws into the field)

3  In A Wine Tizzy  seems like a long overdo drop for this four year old but the connections seemingly aren't messing around as they drop to the bottom mc level........and the work series in preparation for today suggest he is meant and ready in the face of possibly being claimed

2  Jimmy The Whip   work series prior to his maiden debut was rather series in prep. for 2nd lifetime start is much better........showed speed in debut and tired.........better drills this time around and cut back of 1/2F......shot to stick around much longer this afternoon

6  Big Macher   nice interval conditioning for this Miller 1st timer........three year old has hit the track an average of 6 1/2 days since 15 May.......might be nicely muscled up and ready to roll........ and mom has tossed 5 winners from 5 starters

1  Valid But True

11  Blue Cherokee

12  Spring Up



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